George Herms

George Herms

Wednesday, February 29, 2012Wednesday, March 21, 2012


San Francisco, CA USA

Reception: Saturday, March 3, 4 - 6pm

Gallery Paule Anglim is pleased to present a selection of assemblage sculptures by George Herms.

A central figure in the California assemblage scene, Herms synthesized poetic objects from refuse, discovering beauty in rusted metal, weathered wood, used coffee filters and magazine ads. The new forms defined a West Coast aesthetic allied more to jazz and Eastern spirituality than European tradition.

Over the past 25 years Herms' work has been exhibited at Gallery Paule Anglim in the series of exhibitions Sight Vision (I -IV) celebrating the radical Beat spirit, including friends Wallace Berman, Joan Brown, Bruce Conner, Jay DeFeo, Wally Hedrick, Jess, and Larry Jordan.

Herms' 50 years of influence were recently acknowledged in the Los Angeles MOCA exhibition George Herms: Xenophilia (Love of the Unknown),where his work was shown in its relationship to younger artists, and again in the exhibition Two Schools of School at the Orange County Museum of Art. Since his first solo show in 1957 at the Ferus Gallery, the artist has shown internationally, with recent gallery presentations in Paris and London.

In 2011, as part of the Getty-sponsored Pacific Standard Time, Herms presented The Artist's Life, a free-form jazz opera at LA's REDCAT Theater. Collaborating with jazz musicians, he created sets and sculptural installation-instruments played by the participants.